Marikina River reaches 2nd alarm level after continuous rains

Published January 21, 2021, 12:11 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Continuous rains experienced overnight in Metro Manila caused the water level along the Marikina River to reach the Second Alarm level, forcing some residents to flee their homes.

(SCreenshot from Reskyu Onesixone’s Facebook live video / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to the Marikina Public Information Office, the water level along the river peaked at 16.2 meters at around 5 a.m. Thursday.

“Not only that the water level reached the First Alarm level of 15 meters, but we also reached the second level of 16 meters, so our residents have decided to evacuate,” Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said in an interview over DZMM.

According to Teodoro, they have recorded an average of about 60 millimeters of rainfall from 9 p.m. Wednesday to around 12 midnight Thursday.

“In the past, when we experience rain like this, the water level in the river will not rise. Probably because of the recent typhoon ‘Ulysses,’ Marikina River became heavily silted,” Teodoro said.

“Also, there are parts [of the river] that have been reclaimed so [it became] narrow and shallow),” he added.

He said the local government has prepared eight evacuation centers in case residents decided to evacuate.

As weather conditions improved hours later, the river’s water level subsided and all alert levels have already been lifted.

The mayor said Marikina has been coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the dredging of the river.